The RHATT Pack Watch
Today is Tuesday, October 30th, Day 188 of the Rhatt Pack Watch.
There’s only one week until election day. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard. It’s essential that you take that opportunity and vote. However, as the “Watch” has pointed out repeatedly, in White Springs, if you vote early, you risk having the Red-face Ratt and “Cousin” Pam “The Ballot Box Stuffer” change your vote either at her home where she routinely takes the Ballot Box or late at night in Town Hall. To ensure the integrity of your vote on Tuesday, November 6, Election Day, vote at the White Springs Poling Place, the Library.
Your vote is important evey year, and generally it can be fairly straightforward. However, this year, the Ballot has been complicated by twelve (12) proposed Amendments to the Florida Constitution (Proposed Amendment 8 was removed by the Supreme Court). Most, but not all of these were proposed by a Constitution Revision Commission. Actually, there are far more than 12 changes (there are 22) to the Constitution, because the Constitution Revision Commission knew and understood that the citizens of Florida wouldn’t approve of many of the proposed changes, so they hid many of the offensive changes bundled in with modifications they thought you might approve.
This is the kind of sleight of hand that’s routine with the Ratt. Amendments 6,7,9,10,11, 12 and 13 all have bundled changes, some good, some not. You should consider saying NO to each one to send a strong message that you want to be able to decide independently on each change. If they are important, and some are, the Commission (Mostly Legislators) can take the necessary steps to place their proposed Amendments on the Ballot next year in a manner that gives you the opportunity to vote on each change.
In addition to the Commission, the Florida Legislature has proposed three (3) Constitutional Amendments, including Amendments 1,2 and 5. On the surface Amendment 1 appears beneficial. However, in actuality, all it does is transfer cost around. It’s unlikely there would be any benefit in White Springs or Hamilton County.
Amendment 2 addresses a temporary property tax cap that voters approved in 2008. That 2008 Amendment required the Legislature to place making the the property tax cap permanent on the 2018 Ballot for your approval. This Amendment will likely help everyone in White Springs and Hamilton County.
Amendment 5 requires approval by 2/3s of both bodies to increase taxes or fees. As control of the Legislature changes back and forth between parties, this Amendment is intended to make it difficult for either party to make increases. It doesn’t mean they can’t do it, as in Amendment 2, rather it can’t be done frivolously. It’s likely to be beneficial to everyone.
Amendments 3 and 4 are on the Ballot because well over 766,000 registered voters for each Amendment thought these were sufficiently important issues to warrant a referendum vote by all eligible voters of the State.
Amendment 3 is about gambling. Basically, it says that it should be up to the registered voters of a jurisdiction, not an economic development group or a bunch of politicians, to decide whether they want any type of gambling in their jurisdiction. Voters choice is always preferred.
Amendment 4 is about automatically restoring voting rights to Floridians with felony convictions after they have served their entire debt to society. The current system is arbitrary, discriminatory and probably would be overturned by the U. S. Supreme Court. Fairness is always preferred.
No matter what you believe, what’s most important is that you make your voice heard and VOTE!